“If we seek to understand the cause that produces rapid expansion when a new faith seizes hold of men, we find its roots in a certain natural instinct. The new convert feels able and free to propagate his faith spontaneously of his own initiative. This instinct is admirably expressed in a saying of Archytas of Tarentum quoted by Cicero, "If a man ascended to Heaven and saw the beautiful nature of the world and of the stars, his feelings of wonder would lose its sweetness if he could not tell someone."
This is the instinctive force which drives men, even at the risk of life itself, to impart to others a new-found joy. They cannot keep it a secret. It is not surprising then that when Christians are scattered, they feel a yearning for fellowship that demands an outlet, especially when the hope of the Gospel and the experience of its power is something new and wonderful. But in Christians there is more than this natural instinct. The Spirit of Christ is a Spirit who longs for, and strives after, the salvation of the souls of men, and that Spirit dwells in them. That Spirit converts the natural instinct into a longing for the conversion of others which is indeed divine in its source and character.”
Roland Allen, Edited by Sherman Driver
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